President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday joined other distinguished Nigerians to extol the qualities of his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, describing the VP as a dedicated and loyal compatriot with a passionate desire for the development of Nigeria.
President Buhari stated this in his remarks at the virtual launch of a book titled “Osinbajo Stride: Defining Moments of An Innovative Leader” written in honour of the VP by a team of 25 journalists under the auspices of PYO COLLECTIVE.
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, the President recalled the VP’s dedication to service especially in catering for the interest of the masses.
The President thanked Prof. Osinbajo for his selflessness and passion for excellence in the execution tasks assigned to his office, acknowledging all of his visits to the different parts of the country to identify with the common people.
According to him, “…one thing that is admirable about the Vice President is his passion for excellence in everything that he is involved with. Besides all of his official engagements as VP, we all saw this attribute exhibited by him right from the campaigns, how he ensured that the right things were done. We cannot thank you enough, sir.”
In his remarks, Prof. Osinbajo expressed how honoured he was to have been celebrated in such manner, commending Gen Yakubu Gowon for his belief in a better Nigeria and noting the elderstateman’s impact and influence in major decisions taken by him particularly with regards to uniting Nigerians and promoting peace across the country.
He also expressed gratitude to State Governors and other guests present at the event for their support and cooperation throughtout the 8 years of his stewardship as Vice President.
In her review of the book, famed Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie described the book as a labour of love by the 25 writers who wrote different chapters. She said reading the book it was clear the writers wanted to write and the believed in the Vice President.
Besides Gen Gowon, other dignitaries at the event were, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Govenor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Governors Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State; Simon Lalong of Plateau State; Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State, and tr Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Dr Musa Akabe.
Other dignitaries included former CBN Governor, HRH, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; former CEO of Access Bank, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; literary icon, Chimamanda Adichie, and renowned broadcaster, Kadaria Ahmed, among others.